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Grants to Kentucky Agricultural Producers to Attend Training Activities and Events


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USA: Kentucky

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Farmer Education Program Grant

Kentucky State University, Center for Sustainability of Farms and Families (KSU-CSFF)

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #183132

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $500 to Kentucky agricultural producers for training and educational opportunities. Funding is intended for costs associated with attending conferences and workshops. Funding may also be requested for relevant books. Special consideration will be made for minority, female, limited-resource, and small acreage farmers as well as farmers located in food-insecure and SOAR counties.

The Kentucky State University Center for the Sustainability of Farms and Families (KSU-CSFF) offers an educational support program to support small scale farmers//producers in the expansion of certain types of agriculture in Kentucky, especially among certain underserved groups.

Grant funding decisions are based upon the impact the grant is expected to have on the production and sales of Kentucky-grown or Kentucky-raised farm products.

  • Conference, training or workshop agenda and/or information must be included with the application.
  • Requests for educational books must be supported with an online quote or shopping cart list.
  • Funds approved must be used solely for the benefit of the agricultural business, which must be located in Kentucky.
  • Out-of-state educational trainings may qualify but must be pre-approved. Priority is given to in-state trainings.

Funding for educational support must be pre-approved (prior to attending any workshop, conference, etc. OR the purchase of educational literature) and can use funds for registration fees, specific travel (flight, bus, train), and in some cases, mileage on personal vehicles (reimbursed at $0.41/mile).

Examples of funding may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Better Processing Control School offered by the University of Kentucky
  • Aquaculture and/or Aquaponics training
  • Appropriate educational books, literature, and/or online webinars
  • Conferences

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Farmers or producers interested in specific training to improve the marketability of their agricultural products.
- Farmers or producers interested in new ventures that require training for on-site implementation.
- Special considerations will be made for: limited resource farmers (annual household income of less that $23,000); small acreage producers; female farmers; minority farmers; residents of USDA-designated food insecure counties; SOAR county residents
- Grantees must comply with all health, food safety, and other federal, state, and local laws.
- If you do not meet the eligibility requirements at this time please contact Ms. Joni Nelson or Mr. Kevin Gurtowski
- Kentucky State University employees and their immediate family members are not eligible.

Meals and fuel costs are excluded from funding.

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Pre-Application Information:

- February 1
- April 1
- June 1
- August 1
- October 1
- December 1

Postal mail must be postmarked before the 1st.

Applications must be received at least 30-90 days in advance of the conference/workshop date.

Incomplete applications will not be rolled over to another award cycle to await information. The applicant must complete the application and resubmit for consideration in another funding cycle

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum $500 per request

Contact Information:

Please mail the completed application and all supporting documents to:
Kentucky State University
Cooperative Extension Building
ATTN: Joni Nelson
400 E. Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40601

Please contact Joni Nelson with questions at (502) 597-6831 or

Digital and scanned applications (.pdf format) will also be accepted via email to Allison Noel at

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